Fiona and I have lived in the same town for a decade before we met. Our first date was a few days after my 10 year anniversary of moving here. But, our circles are pretty different so there are not many people we have in common. As we share stories about individuals we know, they elicit exclamations about already knowing someone.

For instance, her cousin’s fiance’s father has the same personal trainer I do. We used to see each other at the gym a few days every week. Or her friend recognized my name from another mutual friend’s stories.

Then there is the mixing of our social circles. She meets my friends. I meet hers. Yeah, I did make a cheatsheet for her as a finding aid about my friends.


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